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Old 06-26-2011, 08:00 PM   #81
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Re: Putter's Bus

cut hole, ran battery cables and installed batteries, and viola, it cranked....yipeeeeeee
now have to install genny and run more wires
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:02 PM   #82
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one of the hardest things I have done is to figure out where to drill a hole in the floor without hitting a seam, thanks for the nephew, hes real little for 15, we got er done
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:23 PM   #83
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started hooking up the WFCO 55amp power station today. lots of fun. maybe by tomorrow I will have it done, then install the Onan and hook it up
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:58 AM   #84
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go the wires hooked up to power station, drilled holes for switches in custom dash, all coming together all of a sudden
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:54 PM   #85
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yeah, it seems that way. Just got thru hooking up wires and such to get ready to install dash. I have to pick up 2 new switches for the wipers, get them and I can install the dash, then install the genny, hope it cranks, hadnt been running for a few months, wish me luck. Actually gonna give it a dry run outside the box first. Thanks for the replies, seems like only a couple people have been watching my thread, tks again. SEC media days started today I think.......
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:28 PM   #86
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Re: Putter's Bus

On your genny your need to start it about once a month and run it UNDER LOAD for about 20-30 minutes....
starting the genny and not putting it under load will not do anything for the generator.
The biggest problems with generators is lack of use.... at least 50% load during to make it work good.....
Good luck with your genny and your bus, looking good..
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:05 PM   #87
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tks greyeagle, once I install it I will use it all the time, just had a hard time getting everything done to install it. My welder never did show up. I bolted it to the bus
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:20 AM   #88
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Converting a bus to a motorhome is not an easy task.... It's long hard work and murphy is always lurking in the background.
One job at a time. you'll get there just not overnight.
PS find you a welder, do not leave it just bolted on.... just food for thought
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:15 PM   #89
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well I got all the warning lights hooked up and working. hooked up the wipers also, just left the other power wire unhooked (see my thread in conversion) and the overhead lights as well. Tried starting it up and I think my starter is going out. Just my damn luck. Its been dragging for a while, crank it once and a while ya know.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:26 PM   #90
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Converting a bus to a motorhome is not an easy task.... It's long hard work and murphy is always lurking in the background.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:39 PM   #91
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Painting the bus is gonna be a pain in the butt, wow. kinda got started with some stuff, its gonna suck.....
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:43 PM   #92
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I'm skipping the primer except for the aluminum panels where the windows were. The bare metal gets Aluminum primer. The paint I'm using seems to be covering well and I am hitting any rough spots with some fine sandpaper as I go (I'm using Deglosser first). I have the front complete (including the bumper) and am partway done with the drivers side. I spent most of one day just pulling that curve out of the bottom rub rail under the drivers window... But it's ALMOST straight. Looks like the rest. I love my bar clamps! Couldn't paint that section until I got it pulled out. But now I'm out of paint! And my roller/paint brush keeps drying out in the heat. I have discovered that I can paint from 9:30 (when I get dropped off at the bus) until about Noon. After that, everything is drying too fast. I keep thinning paint and painting bugs... I have several entombed in the roof coating!
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:37 PM   #93
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picked up sandpaper, primer, and paint, lets the fun begin........
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:47 PM   #94
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Re: Putter's Bus

You forgot the fly swatter!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:06 PM   #95
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dont have alot of flies here, at least not now. But when I am running shrimp, thats a different story, cause I have to eat some of them
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:00 PM   #96
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aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggg
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:00 PM   #97
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sanded, and put 2 coats on part of bus, gonna sand again and put 3rd coat on in the am, hope it ends up ok, or I am gonna "bam"
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:12 PM   #98
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paint looked like crap, dont know if its too hot or I just cant freaking paint. I have another plan, lets see how that goes... ON the starter issue, guess what? A 1989 7.3 has the same starter as a 1983 6.9, and I just happen to have one available, sweet
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:16 PM   #99
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I sanded after 2 coats, then applied, it looks like it streaked, I think I will prime with this paint and then try to can the final coat. It will be a different color but it will look smoother I believe, time and money will tell......
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:23 PM   #100
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after further thought, I have ordered the paint to paint the bus the way I want, I saw where it cost someone 1k for a paint job, so the hammered paint from rustoleum will do. I started the rub rails first, mistake, so now I will wait on the deep blue. This paint covers alot of mistakes, it really looks good though.
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